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Windows 7: Running software from 2nd hdd


29 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Running software from 2nd hdd

Hi there,

I recently bought a new sata hdd and i'm currently using it to store my software/files on it. The other hdd has my OS on it. The problem that i'm having is that when i try installing anything from the 2nd hdd it does not work or gives different errors. The software would install if i copy the same software installation to the original hdd. Is there any way to fix this? Or do i have to always copy them to the 1st hdd?

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29 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

What errors does it give?

Are you trying to install the program onto the hard drive, or are you running the installer from the hard drive?

What programs have you tried to install?

How are you copying them to the first hard drive?

Could you please post a screenshot of your problem?

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29 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
What errors does it give?

Are you trying to install the program onto the hard drive, or are you running the installer from the hard drive?

What programs have you tried to install?

How are you copying them to the first hard drive?

Could you please post a screenshot of your problem?

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The installer is already on the 2nd hard drive(one with only software/files) and im trying to install them onto my OS hard drive(1st hard drive)

Skype,deamon tools, winamp, setpoint.

If the installer doesn't run i copy and paste the installer to the OS hard drive and run it from there and it will run normally.

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either that would come up or the installer would just not open.


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29 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Try running the program as administrator.

Make sure you are not infected with a virus with Malwarebytes.
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29 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Try running the program as administrator.

Make sure you are not infected with a virus with Malwarebytes.

Administrator was the 1st option i tried and its a new install of windows but i'll still scan with malwarebytes. I also had the problem with installing WOTLK (World of Warcraft) had to do the same thing copy it to the OS hard drive.
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29 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Into what directory are you trying to install the programs to? In other words, even though you are running the installer from the secondary hard drive, are you pointing the installation to C:\Program Files (or C:\Program Files(x86))?

Are you attempting to have your operating system on one drive and all of your programs on the other drive?
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29 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562 View Post
Into what directory are you trying to install the programs to? In other words, even though you are running the installer from the secondary hard drive, are you pointing the installation to C:\Program Files (or C:\Program Files(x86))?

Are you attempting to have your operating system on one drive and all of your programs on the other drive?

Its going in C:\Program Files. Yes data on one drive and OS on the other kinda going along with the idea if i happen to crash or OS fails my data will be safe. Is that a bad idea?
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29 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No, that's not a bad idea.

Off the top of my head, it sounds like you're running the installer from the secondary hard drive and pointing the installation to that very same drive. For example, Windows is C:, your DVD drive is probably D:, and the second hard drive is E: (obviously, it maybe different, but try to follow ). You have the executable on E:. You double-click the .exe file and during installation, it sounds as if you're setting the files to install to E:\... You may not be, but that's how it sounds. If that is the case, you will definitely have problems.

The best way to get around that is to create an empty folder in C:\Program Files. Go to Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management. Right click anywhere in the area representing your secondary hard drive. Select Change Drive Letter and Paths... Push the Remove button -- then Okay or Accept. Then, right-click on the same drive again, select Change Drive Letter and Paths again, this time selecting Add. Check the button Mount in the following empty NTFS folder then push Browse. Find the newly created folder and select it. Then push OK.

What you have done is to mount your secondary hard drive as a folder within C:\Program Files. Windows will not see it as a hard drive anymore and thus, there won't be a drive letter for that drive either. There shouldn't be any problems with program installations as technically, the files will be in the C:\Program Files directory. But, in actuality, the files are installed on the secondary hard drive.

I currently have my system set up in such a manner. On C:\ I have the operating system and small (less than 50MB) programs. On D:\, I have my user profiles. The same hard drive has a partition that is mounted in C:\Program Files(x86) for any program larger than 50MB.
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29 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562 View Post
No, that's not a bad idea.

Off the top of my head, it sounds like you're running the installer from the secondary hard drive and pointing the installation to that very same drive. For example, Windows is C:, your DVD drive is probably D:, and the second hard drive is E: (obviously, it maybe different, but try to follow ). You have the executable on E:. You double-click the .exe file and during installation, it sounds as if you're setting the files to install to E:\... You may not be, but that's how it sounds. If that is the case, you will definitely have problems.

The best way to get around that is to create an empty folder in C:\Program Files. Go to Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management. Right click anywhere in the area representing your secondary hard drive. Select Change Drive Letter and Paths... Push the Remove button -- then Okay or Accept. Then, right-click on the same drive again, select Change Drive Letter and Paths again, this time selecting Add. Check the button Mount in the following empty NTFS folder then push Browse. Find the newly created folder and select it. Then push OK.

What you have done is to mount your secondary hard drive as a folder within C:\Program Files. Windows will not see it as a hard drive anymore and thus, there won't be a drive letter for that drive either. There shouldn't be any problems with program installations as technically, the files will be in the C:\Program Files directory. But, in actuality, the files are installed on the secondary hard drive.

I currently have my system set up in such a manner. On C:\ I have the operating system and small (less than 50MB) programs. On D:\, I have my user profiles. The same hard drive has a partition that is mounted in C:\Program Files(x86) for any program larger than 50MB.


Its exactly like u said drive letters an all lol. So even tho the exe files are on the E drive it wont automatically install to C:\Program files?
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29 Jun 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It should...

I've never had any problem on my system installing a program from another hard drive, usb drive, or cd. The installer automatically points installation to C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files(x86) on my machine.

But, if you have attempted to install a program in the past and manually changed the default install directory, then the installer may point to that location from then on. Try to run the .exe file and during installation when it asks where you want it installed, manually set it to C:\Program Files if it is not set to that already.
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